James Avery, best known for playing Uncle Phil on Fresh Prince of Bel Air, has passed away. He was 65 years old.
TMZ broke the news, saying “his wife, Barbara, had been at his bedside but left for a short period of time to get something to eat. When she came back, she learned he had just died.”
Here was Alfonso Ribeiro’s (aka Carlton Banks) reaction to the news on Twitter.
I’m deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away. He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly. pic.twitter.com/UrW0EeBFbO
— Alfonso Ribeiro (@alfonso_ribeiro) January 1, 2014
In addition to his role on Fresh Prince, Avery was the voice of Shredder on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and War Machine on the animated Iron Man series in 1994. Most recently, he appeared on an episode of Grey’s Anatomy and Harry’s Law.